1964 Flamboyant Lime Varsity

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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
I can’t get enough of this early 60’s Schwinn color, as I have 5 Original (63-65) Stingrays in this FL.

The numbers:
Frame - F4 = June 17, 1964
Fork - 7-4 = July 1964
Crank - S A 5 63

I recently acquired this F4 Varsity as I wanted a bigger vintage Schwinn to occasionally ride.
My first passion are the early Stingray Survivors that are just to small for an adult ride.

This 21’’ Varsity is not a show bike, as it has some imperfections from years of use.
The 58 year old factory paint, chrome and leather Sprint seat still presents very well.

I‘m pleased to own and preserve this beautiful ‘64 Schwinn lightweight Survivor as it has all the unique Sprint components, quick release brake levers, original cable “casings”, rat trap pedals and my Favorite color, the iconic Flamboyant Lime.

The Flam Lime paint is difficult to capture as it changes hue depending on the lighting.
Some of the following photos were taken outside or inside.

I have a few questions for the experts on this site.
1) The type of stem on this F4. It’s different from the others I see.
2) Seat post - it is not chrome, but a 9’’ cadmium plated post.
3) Newer stamped 730 calipers. Possible mid-year change from the earlier 730?
4) Acorn nut finish on brake pads. Mine seem to be aluminum, not chrome.

Enjoy the beauty of a classic Schwinn.

Chris.

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Uni-Bike Lou

Finally riding a big boys bike
I love the color! A coworker gave me a 65 Varsity flam lime green frame and fork. I rebuilt the bike with parts I had, but I’m still looking for handlebar tape.

Enjoy the bike.
 

juvela

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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Whoa! "Pass me me Persols!"

Colour looks like there must be a battery in there somewhere to power it. 😉

Count yourself most fortunate that you got the Union 40U's in chrome rather than the more commonly encountered zinc.

Shift lever covers:

the correct Freres Huret covers, nr. 1851, in natural rubber are available online

the Rampinellis on there are somewhat inappropriate although a good fit

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most commonly found colour is off-white (natural) but also produced in blue

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60sstuff

Finally riding a big boys bike
juvela,

As I said above, the lighting is critical when taking photos of the Flam Lime.

My first photo and the one you copied had a small burst of sunshine when I clicked, but this photo below is when the clouds came over.
Even the gumwalls are toned down.
Big difference.

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
That is super nice and 😍.

In June 1964 I had enough money saved up to buy myself a new Flambo Lime Varsity. I was 10 at that time and have so many memories riding that bike I decided to build a duplicate about 10 years ago. I had to find a seat, bars, front wheel and a few other little odds and ends. I replaced the original short Sprint stem that came on the Varsitys with the next version Varsity stem that some said came on the 64 models. I also have a 64 Terra Cotta that also has the Sprint stem in the long version for the larger frames. These were chromed welded steel, open tube in the back, inscribed and had a unique cinch bolt.

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fattyre

I live for the CABE
1) The type of stem on this F4. It’s different from the others I see.
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I have that exact same stem, but no nothing about it.

I pulled it off a 69 5 speed all original Collegiate I found on the curb. Oddly the bike was probably ridden 5 times and in near perfect factory condition but it had this stem.

Going on 20 years now that I’ve had it never come across
another. It’s actually a pretty awesome piece, very well made.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
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I have that exact same stem, but no nothing about it.

I pulled it off a 69 5 speed all original Collegiate I found on the curb. Oddly the bike was probably ridden 5 times and in near perfect factory condition but it had this stem.

Going on 20 years now that I’ve had it never come across
another. It’s actually a pretty awesome piece, very well made.

Maybe it was a fill in until these were finally received from the supplier? This is the first I've seen one of those. It is a nice looking piece.


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69 Collegiate on Rat Rods.

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Eric Amlie

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I hope the "hive mind" is able to figure out something about that stem.
Seems like I've seen one before, but I don't remember what it was on.
Stems on '64 Varsities are a bit of a mystery. I think I've seen about 4 variations now.
Most though, seem to have this stem, which are open at the rear.

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bikerbluz

Finally riding a big boys bike
60sstuff, what a beautiful bike and a great grab. Congrats!! Also really nice work with the detailed pictures. I recently bought a 66 Varsity In rougher shape and it has a stem branded Sprint on the side of the stem. I will have to post a closeup of it when I get a pic. It is alloy and currently, unfortunately, stuck, and I am working to free it. Love that flamboyant lime! Had a 64 girls I sold to a collector but have never owned a boys in that color.
 
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